Marvel’s next epic, Captain America: Civil War is set to be one of the greats.
While at Salt Lake City Comic Con, Chris Evans shed some light on why a civil war is actually taking place. Spoilers are obviously about to follow.
He confirmed that there will be a conflict between Ironman and Captain America. This conflict will also be largely due to the new accords governing superheroes and superhumans. These accords follow on from the events of Age of Ultron and, in particular the Battle of Sokovia, where Ultorn raised it into the sky in an effort to destroy the world with it. The governments of the worlds do not like the fact that The Avengers can do what they please with no oversight.
What is interesting is that Cap is the rebel in all this not Tony Stark. Yes that’s right, Tony stark is actually all for this idea.
Evans explained this in more detail: “Tony actually thinks we should be signing these accords and reporting to somebody and Cap, who’s always been a company man and has always been a soldier, actually doesn’t trust anymore. Given what happened in Cap 2, I think he kind of feels the safest hands are his own. And these are understandable concerns… It can’t just be one person saying this is right and this is what we’re going to do… But Cap has his reasons, he certainly has his reasons, and he is a good man and his moral compass is probably the cleanest,”
It seems this conflict is one that will be very interesting to see in the film. It holds on the viewpoints we have even today as to what is right and what is wrong. Evans went on to explain how this division causes no set bad guy: “We both have a point of view, which is akin to most disagreements in life and politics.”
This could make this film very philosophical in its outcome and make the audience actually wonder if it’s good or bad. Evans even admitted that when first reading the script he was leaning towards Tony’s viewpoint.
One problem I see though is time. The comics that this film is based off had enough volumes to enabled the readers/audience to properly understand what was happening and why. It meant that people’s viewpoints could easily come into account and Tony or Cap sides had clear views and understanding. I’m not sure if this film will be able to do this in time. Not only is there the Civil War but also a big fight scene with a bad guy in it too. It seems as if this could be too much, or that the film will become too busy.
The other problem is the introduction and use of new heroes. Black Panther, Spider-man and Ant-man are all going to star in it. Spider-man and Black Panther have yet to have their origin films and so will just have to be introduced and that’s it. Characters like those need a good introduction and it’s not clear if this will be possible with everything else going on in the film. Ant-Man has only just began in the Marvel Universe and throwing him into the deep end seems like it could go badly.
The film will certainly be an interesting one. Yet, I fear that it will also be rushed. Two parts would allow them time to give give clear understanding of what’s happening and then also clear conflict. Having the first being an origin story for Spider-man and Black Panther then also the ideas associated with this new governing and the eventual conflict. The second finishing with the attack of the bad guy would make more sense.
I will wait and see though. Marvel films have proven people wrong many times before. I remember people saying that having five superheroes in a film won’t ever work but the first Avengers film was brilliant.
Captain America: Civil War will be released 29th April 2016
It’s likely a trailer will be released soon.
Oh, and here’s an extened/deleted scene of Thor in a pool of water from Avengers: Age of Ultron, if you like that sort of thing